Thursday, October 15, 2009

Some fun links

  1. Hans-Ulrich Stoldt and Klaus Wiegrefe in Spiegel Online: East German Jokes Collected by West German Spies. Hilarious stuff! Here's one:

    What would happen if the desert became communist? Nothing for a while, and then there would be a sand shortage.

    But telling these jokes carried some risk; there's a joke about this risk, too!

    "There were cases of people who were jailed, it was particularly bad in the 1950s and 1960s," says Kleemann.

    Here's one example about how that risk was lampooned: "There are people who tell jokes. There are people who collect jokes and tell jokes. And there are people who collect people who tell jokes."

  2. Acronyms Sometimes Suck. A website that collects unfortunate acronyms. Like Tokyo Institute of Technology.